Working from home has a lot of unique benefits that you won’t find in every working environment. You have freedom to work on your schedule, take care of more than just work (like any home chores), and more. Unfortunately, with that freedom comes easy distractions. Working from home can make it difficult to stay productive at times. Luckily, it is not necessary to rid your space of all distractions. In fact sometimes, like with an office setting, you have to allow for distractions from time to time. It helps you clear your mind, and often can take away the temptation of distractions. So don’t worry if you take a couple of minutes from time to time.
Take Shorter Breaks
As said, it is important to allow yourself to take a few minutes to yourself from time to time. I work at home a lot, and like when I am also in the office, I allow myself to do some web surfing. Taking time to read a blog or check Facebook is a way to give your head a little break as well as stay focused. Don’t take too many breaks, because a lot of short breaks can add up over the long day, but you need to do what’s necessary to stay on task without going crazy.
Save Up a Long Break
Some people can’t take short breaks throughout the day, because as mentioned, they’ll take too many and lose focus. Instead, these people should try to take one long break, at the very most an hour, though that might be pushing it. By doing this, you can give yourself something to look forward to, and it also nicely breaks your day into manageable sections. This way when it comes time, you can sit back and relax, taking your mind off work. This will give you a big boost and reenergize yourself to finish your work day strong. If you do this, you will have a nice productive day without feeling super stressed.
How to Take These Breaks
If you are someone that likes to take little breaks during the day, it is nice to do something that fits your break schedule. If you need a few minutes, look to read a blog post, watch a viral video, whatever it might be to get you through that won’t end up in a long break. For those that want one long break, find something that can really relax you. For some, they like to read a book or magazine, working out, or even vegging out on TV. Whatever the case may be to fully take advantage of the break.
So when you’re working at home, don’t be shy or scared to take a break. There is a bad connotation with letting yourself get distracted at your, but it can serve you well. You won’t get bogged down, keep your mind sharp, and enjoy your work day. So make this part of your working schedule, and try to work as hard as you can. It is healthy to relax during your day, so make sure you do so responsibly.
Jordan is a freelance blogger who often works at home. He writes for DigitalSatelliteDishTV.net, and lives in NC with his wife.